Music - Introduction


All pupils at The Ramsey Academy, Halstead study music until the end of Key Stage 3. At Key Stage 4 pupils may select to study Music as a GCSE course.

Key Stage 3

Students study a range of styles, through composition, performance, listening and appraising, within the genres of Classical, World and Popular music.

In addition to their lessons, students have the opportunity to learn to play musical instruments outside of the classroom. This is through peripatetic music lessons, supplied by Essex Music Services. They can also attend extra curricular activities provided for Key Stage 3 students at lunchtimes and after school.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 music follows the OCR syllabus. Pupils explore composition, listening and appraisal techniques through the exploration of the four Areas of Study based on the genres of Classical, World and Popular music.

Students develop their performance skills to deliver a solo and group performance of pieces that are targeted to the individual needs of each pupil.

Extra Curricular Activities 

  • School band.
  • Glee club choir.
  • Concerts in school and the local community.
  • Whole school musical production. 
  • Group practice - students are encouraged to form their own ensembles and prepare performance pieces, in particular at Key Stage 4.
  • Solo practice - students are encouraged to develop solo performance skills and prepare pieces for public performance in concerts, the community, for GCSE and  Associated Board of Music exams.
  • Individual instrumental and vocal lessons (charges may apply)
  • Regular visits to see musical theatre and live music events.

Parental Support

Encourage your child to take part in the extra curricular activities that are available.

Encourage your child to start playing/continue playing a musical instrument.

Staff   Email
Mr G Lewis-James Curriculum Leader for Music  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.